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Bi-monthly Meeting for the Advancement of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Cape Town, South Africa

We would hereby like to extend a warm invitation to the Bi-monthly (every second month) Meeting for the Advancement of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Cape Town, South Africa.


The need for an organization or professional group for practitioners who align themselves with the behavioural and cognitive therapies is long overdue. Empirically supported treatments are gaining favour in both developed and developing nations throughout the world. The treatment seeking population is also rapidly beginning to seek empirically supported treatments as the general public gains greater access to information, due primarily to the internet. It is in both the interest of this school of psychotherapy, the practitioners practicing CBT and the treatment seeking population in South Africa, that like- minded professional therapists begin to collaborate and establish a vehicle through which the behavioural and cognitive therapies could grow in a more cohesive and systematized manner.

Our vision for this professional group is that it would initially serve to unite like-minded practitioners and provide a regular opportunity for networking, collaboration and stimulating professional development. The initial goal would be to establish a strong network of practitioners within the Cape Town area. We envision that this may eventually lead to the development of a local and/or national organization that would represent the interests of CBT practitioners and the advancement of the cognitive behavioural therapies within South Africa.

Meeting Schedule and Venue

The meeting is scheduled from 18:30 to 20:30 on the second Wednesday of every second month, beginning in March. Each meeting will involve a two hour presentation covering the diagnosis, theoretical conceptualization, assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders or other relevant topics in the form of journal article presentations, case presentations, short theoretical seminars, panel discussions and recorded audiovisual presentations by international speakers. The meeting is open to any registered mental health professional who is interested in furthering themselves as CBT practitioners.

The Centre for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy will host the meeting and will be responsible for arranging the educational component thereof. Each meeting is accredited by the HPCSA for 2 CPD points for audience members and 4 points for presenters. Anyone who is a member of the meeting is encouraged to present. The meeting is held at the Cape Milner Hotel, Tamboerskloof.

Annual Membership

An annual membership fee of R800 is applicable. This fee is required in order to recover costs associated with the application for CPD points, venue fees and basic administrative costs. Neither the Centre for CBT, nor its members or anyone else receives any remuneration for personal time invested in the organization of the meeting. Surplus funds are allocated toward the purchasing of books and treatment manuals that are available to the entire membership. Please complete the annual membership form below and submit this with proof of payment to our practice secretary, Tracy via fax (021 5587198) or email (

Meeting Content

This first meeting of 2016 begins with a presentation on: TO BREATHE OR NOT TO BREATHE? USING BREATHING RETRAINING IN TREATING ANXIETY DISORDERS presented by Bradley Drake.

We are looking particularly forward to once again meeting with familiar colleagues and welcoming new members to the group.

Best wishes,

Bradley Drake

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